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good morning. no relief. 70% of the country now dealing with some of the coldest temperatures in years. and in upstate new york, a ninth straight day of snow is only adding to the misery. tragic end. the 30-year-old heiress to the johnson & johnson fortune found dead in her los angeles home. now police are trying to figure out how she died. and boy's best friend. an 11-year-old saved by his golden retriever when she jumps in front of an attacking cougar. his story in an exclusive interview today, tuesday,
january 5th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television and welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning. i'm meredith vieira. >> and i'm matt lauer. it was a pretty picture of the empire state building here in new york. >> it was. >> but further upstate in syracuse, new york, how would you like to live there? in the last week, they've gotten four feet of snow. >> that is a lot of snow. here in manhattan, the temperature is in the low 20s, but that is downright balmy compared to international falls, minnesota, where the mercury hit, get this, 38 below zero. we're not talking windchill. we're talking straight temperature. more on the weather and where it's all headed from al in just a moment. >> but it's a dry cold. remember that. also ahead, you remember the salahis, that virginia couple that crashed the obamas' first white house state dinner back in november? well, now the secret service
says there was actually a third party crasher. we'll get the details on that in a live report from the white house coming up in a couple of minutes. plus, some never-before-seen photos of tiger woods, and they offer a side of the golfing legend rarely, if ever, seen, courtesy of "vanity fair" magazine. we'll have a look at them straight ahead. but we begin this tuesday morning with the deep freeze that has spread to even more of the country. nbc's jeff rossen's in snowy upstate new york in fulton, just outside syracuse, the shot we showed you before. jeff, good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, matt, good morning to you. as you know, they're used to major snow here in upstate new york near syracuse, but nothing quite like this. biggest storm here in three years. right now this is not a snow drift that i'm standing in. this is not a big pile of plowed snow. this is actually, matt, somebody's front lawn. somebody actually lives here. 52 inches of snow on the ground here right now. it's been snowing for nine days straight. not sure you can tell, but it's still coming down this morning. oh, and it's cold here, too, from the east to the midwest down to the south.
i know it's winter, but even for january, this is cold. and snowy. keep trying. you can't escape it. >> when your eyelashes start to freeze, you know it's a bad sign. >> unless you're planning to move, you've got to deal with it as best you can. >> well, by the end of six days, i'll be glad for it to go. i'll be ready for some warm weather again. >> reporter: what's so striking is how widespread this is. today, more than half the country, 35 states, will see temperatures well below average. schools are closed across arkansas. ice jams are flooding neighborhoods near chicago. and there is frostbite in fargo. this teenager went outside barefoot. you can't do that when it's below zero. just ask the weather channel's mike seidel in minneapolis. >> with the wind hitting this side of my face and the 25 below zero windchill, felt like somebody had a propane torch
right here. the whole side of my face was on fire. it was burning and cracking. and as i inhaled, i could feel ice crystals forming on the edge of my nose. >> reporter: lovely. in florida, the citrus crops are in danger of frosting. >> it's the worst year i've seen as a professional. it was 17 degrees in arcadia for eight or nine hours, which is devastating. >> reporter: think that's bad? try getting married on the beach like this couple in sarasota. seemed like a good idea when they planned it. >> i didn't think i would be any more ready to just get the wedding over with, and i was wrong because it's so cold, so. >> it should look good in the pictures, though. >> reporter: yeah, the pictures are pretty about you don't actually have to live in this. you know, the snow is piled up so much here in upstate new york, the snow blowers no longer work. you have to do it manually, and the snow is so thick, as you mentioned, more than four feet of snow. and by the way, we should mention, the people who live in this house, it looks like they'd be shut-ins, but they're okay, matt. >> they must be thrilled with the tv lights this morning, too, jeff. thanks very much. so, when can we expect some
relief? al roker's upstairs with answers. don't say june, al. >> that's right. no, no, i'm not going to say that. memorial day. anyway, we're looking right now at this jet stream. it dips way down to the south, so below to much below-normal temperatures. plus, we've got a new arctic outbreak ready to come down, follow that jet stream out of canada. so, here's what we're looking at, temperatures way below zero for the eastern two-thirds of the country. teens, single digits, 20s for today. we move into tomorrow, that cold air now starts to work its way down to the south. you can see those zeros and teens working their way into the midwest. and moving on into thursday, the cold air continues. there may be a little moderation here in the east, but then by the weekend, that bitterly cold air works its way in. plus, we've got another snowstorm to talk about. we'll talk about that in the next few minutes, but that one is going to be moving in to all this cold air, and you know what that means. meredith? >> yeah, that's depressing. al, thank you very much. we'll get the rest of al's forecast in a moment. but now on to the ongoing security changes being made in the wake of that christmas day
attempted bombing of a detroit-bound flight. nbc's pete williams is in washington with the latest. pete, good morning to you. >> reporter: meredith, good morning. airports around the world are slowly responding to new u.s. screening rules. they're intended to focus more attention on passengers who are from or traveling through high-risk areas on their way here. cuba's government called the new screening rules antiterrorist paranoia, but airlines there followed them anyway, as they're slowly starting to do at other international airports for flights to the u.s. the rules require pat-downs and physical luggage checks for passengers who are from or traveling through countries considered high risk. >> security does not bother me. i feel like it is for our safety. >> reporter: amsterdam's airport said monday it would buy 60 new full-body scanners. the man accused of the christmas day plot, umar abdulmutallab, flew through amsterdam on his way to detroit. the scanners now in use in the
u.s. include software that blurs the image of a passenger's groin and breasts, but given that abdulmutallab is accused of smuggling the explosive petn in his underwear, the secretary of homeland security says in an exclusive interview that the restriction may need to change. >> we have to take what we now know was one means of trying to smuggle petn on to this plane and look at how those images are constructed and whether the so-called privacy screens need to be amended. >> reporter: in newark, federal officials are investigating why a security officer did not react sunday night when a man, apparently eager to meet an arriving passenger, bypassed security screeners. that set off six hours of chaos when the entire concourse was shut down. >> it became very clear no one was moving through security. >> reporter: nbc news produce yes, ser clair duffy was among those stranded. >> people were on every square inch of every part of the terminal on all four levels. they're all crammed in on the floors. no one could tell us anything.
>> reporter: and in yemen, where officials say the christmas day bomb plot originated, france joined the u.s. and britain in closing its embassies in response to intelligence warning of terror attacks, and the government there claimed to have killed two al qaeda fighters. as for the new airline security rules that require more intense screening of passengers coming from overseas, secretary napolitano says they're not temporary and are meant to be in force for the foreseeable future. meredith? >> pete williams, thank you. president obama is scheduled to meet with top security and intelligence officials this afternoon to discuss the security reviews that he ordered after that bombing attempt. nbc's savannah guthrie is at the white house with more on that. good morning to you, savannah. >> reporter: good morning, meredith. well, back from vacation now, this will be the president's first chance to meet face to face with his entire national security team, including the secretary of defense, secretary of state, homeland security, fbi director, the cia director and on and on. he will get an update on this terror investigation as well as the prosecution. and of course, we'll hear from
these agency heads about what they've learned about what went wrong where. the president has said he wants to hold individuals accountable, but aides here say it's still early yet, too early to say whether anyone will lose a job over this. as pete mentioned, there have already been changes to airline security, and we do expect the president to speak after this meeting today and announce some reforms to the watch listing system, meredith. >> all right, savannah, before i let you go, what do you know about this third party crasher at that now infamous state dinner? >> reporter: well, it turns out, the secret service, in the process of investigating how the salahis got in without being on the guest list, ran across a third individual who was also at the state dinner without being on the guest list, but the circumstances were a bit different. this is somebody who came with the indian state delegation, and here's how it happened. that indian delegation all assembled and rendezvouses at a nearby hotel where they were all swept by secret service, put through the metal detectors.
they all got on a bus and van and came to the white house and faced no additional screening. this individual, apparently vouched for by a member of the indian state delegation, was screened at the hotel and slipped into the white house state dinner, but aides say there's no evidence he mixed and mingled with the president. he certainly did not get his picture taken with the president, meredith. >> all right. savannah guthrie, thank you so much. michael steele is the chairman of the republican national committee and author of the new book "right now: a 12-step program for defeating the obama agenda." mr. steele, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> you know the republicans have been pretty critical of president obama's handling of this attempted terror bombing on christmas day. republican congressman peter hoof extra took it a step further. he's running for maryland. he sent out a fund-raising letter, saying "if you agree we need a governor that will stand up to the obama/pelosi efforts to weaken our security, please make a most generous contribution of $25, $50, $100 or even $250 to my campaign." democrats immediately shot back
"this is playing politics with our national security." do you see this terrorism incident as a partisan issue or is it fair game for the republicans to say that the democrats are less concerned with americans' safety than the republicans are? >> well, i don't think it's a question of saying one way or the other who's more or less concerned. what it is is looking at the approach the administration has taken from its very first moments coming in, talking about, you know, closing down gitmo with no strategy or plan to do that, and here we are a year later and gitmo's still a part of the mix. now with this recent incident, given everything in between, there is this image, at least, that's been created, this presence of the presidency and so forth that is not consistent in their approach to foreign policy and there are a lot of questions out there. and what i try to do in my book for republicans is to say, let's talk about these issues in the context of our core principles and those things that we believe are going to be fundamental to helping america move forward, on the economy on a lot of issues,
including national security. >> you know, one of his biggest opponents right now or one of the biggest critics of the president is former vice president dick cheney, and he has suggested the president is "trying to pretend that we are not at war with terrorists," and because of that, he is making us less safe. but "the new york times" reports that at least a dozen former top bush officials involved in counterterrorism, say as far as they're concerned, they pretty much agree with obama's policy. so, is cheney actually hurting the republicans more than helping them when he makes these statements? >> no, i think the vice president has made it very clear. i think he's been very consistent and correct in saying that the inconsistency in the obama administration's approach to foreign policy, particularly with respect to terrorism is a concern. >> but if you don't say war on terror, does that mean you're not concerned about terrorism? >> that's the point. if you can't call a thing what it is, then there's a question about what do you think it is. you can't look at this as an intervention. you can't look at this as dealing with criminals as you would the guy who robbed the
7-eleven, you know, where you're trying to hijack a plane or bomb a plane or something like that. >> but isn't it a matter of semantics, mr. steele? he says it's a war on al qaeda, war on terrorism. terrorism is a tactic and that's why he doesn't use that word. >> i think the american people know full well what it is, a war against terrorism. they view a terrorist as a terrorist, not a criminal who is subject to the same constitutional privileges and rights you and i are? you've got to be kidding me. when you have this as the landscape on which we're conducting foreign policy, dick cheney and others, whether they're former bush administration officials or not, everyone's taking a look at this from a very critical eye. my job and my role is to get the party prepared from the bottom all the way up to the top to go out and engage on these issues, understanding how they affect -- >> but even in your book, and you say it right in the beginning about your party, we screwed up. >> yeah. >> and we don't really have the support of the american people right now. >> because we've moved away from those fundamental principles that have defined us for generations, those things that anchored us, whether you're
talking about national security or the economy or health care, whatever the issue is. when you move away from those principles about the role of government, the role and responsibility of individuals to create wealth in this economy, not the government, that's when you get on the slippery slopes that we've been on the last year, that's when you lose elections, as we have done since 2006. now we have a time to refocus our energies and reanchor ourselves in those principles and move forward, and those within the party and outside the party who don't adhere to that, then do something else. >> are you going to make the midterm elections -- or is the republican party going to make the midterm elections a referendum on the president? >> absolutely they are. at some point, they have to take responsibility for what they're doing, their decisions. they are having an impact, whether domestically or internationally, and you've got to account for it, and this is one of those break points where you stop and assess how is the administration doing and how are the members of his party, as it was under bush and as it was under reagan and others, how are they performing and what are they doing to protect us, allow us to grow our economy and allow
us to live free without as much government interference as they're giving us. >> you know, you're one year into your two-year term. a lot of people thought you would be toast by now. >> of course! >> what happened? >> still here, brother's still kicking. >> brother's still here. >> brother's still here. >> thank you very much, nice to see you. now let's get on the rest of the morning's top stories with ann curry at news desk. >> good morning, everybody. in the news, the bodies of seven cia employees killed in a bombing in afghanistan arrived back in the united states on monday at dover air force base, and there is confirmation now that the bomber accused in their deaths was a trusted informant, a jordanian doctor who had been working as a double agent, claiming to have information about a key deputy of osama bin laden. the conviction of zacarias moussaoui, the only person to stand trial in the united states for the 9/11 attacks, was upheld on monday by a federal appeals court. the court rejected arguments that he was denied access to evidence and wasn't given the right to pick his own attorney. moussaoui is serving life in
prison. police say a dispute over social security benefits was the motive behind a deadly shooting at a federal building monday in las vegas. they say the 66-year-old gunman opened fire, killing one security guard and wounding a u.s. marshal before he was shot to death. a lawsuit filed by the gunman complaining about a cut in benefits was dismissed in federal court last year. landslides and a ten-foot tsunami triggered by a earthquake hit the solomon islands on monday. on one island, hundreds of homes collapsed, leaving about a third of the population homeless, but so far there are no reports anyone was seriously hurt. gas prices are up because of the rising price of oil. the nationwide average for regular gas is $2.67 a gallon, up almost a dollar a gallon from a year ago. oversaeas markets are up after the dow jumped on monday. cn cnbc's melissa lee is live. and lots of attention on google
today. >> unveiling its much-anticipated smartphone called the nexus 1. it will compete in a crowded space against the likes of the iphone and blackberry. meantime, all eyes are also on apple computer, yesterday saying it intends on unveiling its new tablet device at the end of this month. experts expect this to be a larger version of the itouch device with a ten-inch screen retailing for about $1,000 apiece. news coming as the stocks hit a one-year high. >> melissa lee, thanks. a new study finds more than half of all americans who have jobs are not happy with them. the study by the conference board finds that only 45% of americans are actually satisfied with their work. that's the lowest that the research group has recorded in the 22 years it has looked at this issue. it is now 7:17. let's go back to meredith, matt and al. >> i'm happy. >> i'm happy. >> i'm happy.
>> and that's your latest weather. matt? >> all right, al, thank you very much. now to the sudden death of casey johnson, the 30-year-old heiress to the johnson & johnson family fortune. she was found dead in her los angeles home on monday. nbc's george lewis has details. >> reporter: heiress to a fortune, casey johnson had been trying to make a name for herself in hollywood. her girlfriend, tila tequila was the star of the reality show "a shot at love with tila tequila." >> pass me around. >> pass her around. >> reporter: the couple made tabloid headlines last month when they posted this video online. >> casey johnson and ms. tila tequila are now officially engaged. woo!
>> reporter: the news of johnson's mysterious death was announced by tila tequila via twitter. she wrote "r.i.p. my angel. you will forever be in my heart! i love u so much and we will marry when i see u in heaven, my wivey." >> she was someone interested in sort of being a celebrity. she kind of felt like she could be paris hilton, but she was just sort of the nonfamous paris hilton. >> reporter: johnson actually went to high school with paris hilton and turned down hilton's invitation to co-star with her in the reality tv show "the simple life." the role went to nicole richie, and in 2006, johnson told "vanity fair" not doing "the simple life" was the stupidest mistake of my life. i kick myself in the butt every day." like hilton, johnson was also in trouble with the law. she was arrested on theft charges in november, allegedly stealing jewelry, clothing and documents from an ex-girlfriend. >> this is a woman who was somewhat troubled, who was known
as being a little unstable. she wasn't a bad person, but she seemed to have a dark cloud over her. >> reporter: a notorious party girl, she surprised many friends when she adopted a girl from kazakhstan in 2007. >> but every day we're trying to make the team a little better. >> reporter: johnson was the daughter of jets owner woody johnson, heir to the johnson & johnson health and pharmaceuticals empire. the johnson family issued a statement, saying it's mourning its tragic loss. police say there was no evidence of foul play and are waiting on toxicology results to determine the cause of death. for "today," george lewis, nbc news, los angeles. still ahead on this tuesday morning, tiger woods uncovered. new photos that reveal a side of the golfer you've probably never seen before, but first, this is "today" on nbc.
>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am stan stovall. time for a check of the morning commute with traffic pulse alban. >> a few accidents and delays out there. eastbound 195, an accident coming in there. water main break repairs at minnesota and tell ave.
icy conditions involved. as we view the north side delay, you are looking at 12 miles per hour towards dulaney valley. 35 miles per hour on the outer loop west side, backing up traffic on southbound 795. let's give you a live view of the west side at i-70, those delays in place. all volume-related this morning. we will switch to a live view of r. ford road. -- harford road. >> which will factors still pretty harsh this morning. it feels like 14 and peter b. white marshall. -- 14 at b.w.i. marshall. the looks like 32 to 35 as the temperature range. slight chance of more flurries.
it is still breezy, with winds out of the west at 10 to 15 mi. per hour. by thursday evening, through friday morning, we could see a few inches of snow developing. increased cold as we below freezing all week long. >> check the bottom of your screen for updated news and traffic information. our next live update at 7:55.
7:30 now on a tuesday morning. it's the 5th day of january 010. that blast of arctic air still lingering over new york city as we check out the view from the top of the rock. wouldn't want to be up there today. it's in the low 20s to begin the day here, but a crowd outside on the plaza seemingly undaunted by the frigid temperatures or the windchills. we'll get outside and say hi to them in just a little while. inside the studio, i'm matt lauer alongside meredith vieira. and just ahead, we're going to talk about some skyrocketing credit card rates. >> you are not kidding. if you haven't noticed, some
interest rates have soared to as high as 20% or even 30%. we're going to tell you why that's happening and what, if anything, you can do about it. also ahead, you know the expression man's best friend? >> yeah. >> well, a golden retriever proved that. an 11-year-old boy knows it's true. his dog, angel, saved him from a cougar just as that cat started to pounce. coming up, we'll talk to the boy and find out how angel is doing this morning. >> that's a great story. plus, "avatar" has only been out for three weeks. it is already just the fifth film ever to gross more than $1 billion. we're going to have more on the phenomenon in a moment. but we want to begin this half hour with tiger woods like you've probably never seen him before. as speculation mounts over the golfer's whereabouts, some new photos are causing a stir. nbc's peter alexander has more. peter, good morning. >> matt, good morning to you. these are undoubtedly the most revealing photos we have ever seen of tiger woods, shot four years ago, now being released for the first time. here he is bare-chested, pumping
iron, you will see, a far cry from the family-friendly image that helped woods become an international icon. it's an intimate view of tiger woods that most of his fans have never seen, the embattled superstar, usually sporting polo shirts, stripped down for celebrity photographer annie leibovitz, looking more like a bodybuilder than a champion golfer. >> it does not help him, but on the flip side, maybe it's a new image for tiger. that squeaky-clean wage not him. >> reporter: the racy photo shoot took place in january of 2006, long before woods acknowledged breaking his marriage vows to wife elin. the raw and unguarded look at golf's biggest star published in february's edition of "vanity fair." as leibovitz told the website "tiger is an intensely competitive athlete and quite serious about his sport. i wanted to reveal that in these photos and to show his incredible focus and dedication." woods' wife, on the other hand,
was spotted pulling her daughter and son in a wagon outside the family's windermere, florida, mansion. >> elin, we support you. >> reporter: elin had just returned from celebrating her 30th birthday in a luxurious french ski chateau with family and friends but without tiger. >> forgive him -- >> reporter: she's reportedly contemplating divorce. one british tabloid claims elin has hired a private investigator to find out just how much money her husband is really worth. after reportedly joking with friends that her christmas present from him was $300 million, roughly half what he earned in the time they were together. >> she may be entitled to half of it. she's not only been a good wife, but she's been a humiliated wife. the pi should be able to follow the money trail. it's not any elicit business. it's all there. >> reporter: woods' fortune is already taking a hit. after five years together, at&t recently announced its separation from the tarnished star. >> the reality is, he's got one
shot to do a mea culpa and say i am sorry, i realize i ruined my life, i'm going to do whatever it takes, but there can't be any shoe-dropping afterwards. >> reporter: meanwhile, advice about redemption. >> the extent to which he can recover seems to be his faith. he's said to be a buddhist. i don't think that faith offers the forgiveness and dremsion as the christian faith, so my advice would be tiger, return to the christian faith and you can make a total recovery. >> reporter: just weeks after his crash, his whereabouts are as questionable as the crash itself. according to reports, he's in the bahamas, in rehab for sex addiction, on the florida coast with a mistress or in new york city enjoying new years. and the latest possible tiger den, africa. tmz reports immediately after the accident woods said he was off to a friend's estate in
africa to escape from public view. there has been at least one confirmed tiger sighting since then. nbc news learned just four days after his crash, the florida highway patrol met woods and his lawyer at what was an undisclosed location in orlando to deliver his ticket and to see if woods had any injuries that might not be consistent with that traffic accident. matt? >> peter, thanks very much. nbc's peter alexander. bus basisinger is a contributing editor at "vanity fair." he wrote this month's cover story on tiger woods. buzz, welcome back. >> nice to be back. >> it's a remarkable article you've written. you've taken some of the tawdry details and put them aside. >> right. >> and you view it in a social context, and you talk about why as americans people are so angry about this. what's your conclusion? >> well, i think people are angry because he clearly used that image for financial reasons. it was that image that made him the billion dollars. i mean, this guy came across as perfect, a perfect athlete,
perfect man, perfect husband, perfect father, perfect everything. we wanted to believe in him and we did because the image he presented. >> so, even when other celebrities have disappointed us through infidelity or drug use or whatever, there seems to be a more emotional response to this with people. >> yeah, because i don't -- i think, you know, look, celebrities get in trouble. people do things they shouldn't. infidelity is not new, but i don't think -- they're not profiting to the degree that this man did. this image to me was very clearly calculated to make money. >> well, are people mad at tiger woods or are they mad at themselves a little bit because they bought into this? >> well, i think it's little bit of both, but you know, i think you're right, we wanted to believe. in a landscape of sports and celebrity and entertainment where so many are getting into trouble, here was this one guy who was perfect. so, in terms of the media, we didn't do the scrutiny maybe we should have done, the public just bought it hook, line and sinker, but i think fundamentally -- and i think we had a right -- we were
disappointed in this guy, really disappointed. >> let me read something from your article. "but there was no way of ever knowing tiger woods not in golf beyond witnessing the machine-like relentlessness that made him the most remarkable athlete of our time, and not outside golf because he never showed any real part of himself off the course, never stepping outside of the cocoon that he and his handlers -- primarily, international management group -- had created." >> well, virtually every tournament -- and i've spoken to a lot of golf writers who cover hundreds of tournaments. mark steynberg with rapid img would always be there. everything would be very controlled, show up with his posse. he would always say the right things, but as a golf writer said half an hour later, he would say nothing. he was smiling, he was polite but he never revealed himself. he didn't hang around the locker room once the tournament was over, he was gone. he really stayed in his own shell. >> so, as a result of living in that cocoon, you also suggested he felt insulated and probably
never saw the unraveling coming. >> like a lot of people, he probably felt invincible. you understand the invincibility. the guy is the best athlete of our times. that focus, the ability to come back is amazing. what i love about annie leibovitz's pictures is it shows his intensity and focus, but it also shows his narcissism. >> in one picture he's doing pull-ups, and you say in your opinion that's an example of narcissism. why? you see a lot of people doing those. >> i do, and maybe it's my bias about golf, but i don't see a lot of golfers who look like that. maybe it's old-fashioned. i think of lee trevino, who looked like a smurf, you know, his small -- >> lee trevino was cut. >> yeah, he was really cut when he wasn't drinking. well, i shouldn't say that, but anyway, whatever. he just looked like a man who loved his body, and i understand that, but i think he thought he was insulated, but the thing is, matt, he got very sloppy at the end, the sex text and all that. >> as we look at some of the
other photos that come up here, you mention steroids in your article. however, there is no proof. >> no proof. >> let me say right now, and you don't make the allegation. >> no, i do not. >> but there have been whispers. and do you think that's being now pursued? >> you know, i'm sure it's being pursued, and i think you have to assume, unfortunately, with any athlete, that there's a possibility. and you know what? >> those are the times we're living in. >> i understand it, because you're talking about -- you know, you take performance enhancers, you're talking about making tens of millions of dollars, and maybe it's unfair, but every athlete has to come under scrutiny. >> let me ask you about redemption. he's probably in the worst time of his life at this moment, but america loves a sinner and they love to take people, build people up, tear them down and then build them back up again. >> right. >> what's the future, in your opinion? >> i think he should come back, shaved head, tattoos around his arms, bad to the bone, come in on a harley, win the masters, throw away the green jacket and go into the tent and find the prettiest woman. i don't think he'll do that. >> i don't know what's worse,
the lee trevino comment or that. >> well, you know, given my history on national television, who knows? >> you think there is a comeback? >> i think he'll come back. i don't think he'll ever get the endor endorsements he got. i think he'll come back and i think he'll win because i think he is that one in a million athlete who can compartmentalize and set things aside, and if he wins, if he beats the tournament record of 18, people will say, whatever he was -- >> he was the greatest ever. >> he was the greatest ever. >> buzz bissinger, thank you for being here. remarkable article. the february issue of "vanity fair" will be available in new york and los angeles tomorrow, the rest of the country gets it next week. let's get a check of the weather now from al. >> announcer: "today's weather" is brought to you by advil cold & sinus, with the power of advil plus a strong decongestant. ask for it at the pharmacy counter. >> and we found some nice folks from alaska. this is just a day in the park for you guys, right? >> yes, it is.
>> what's your names? >> thor williams. >> and? >> tiana williams. >> and? >> savannah williams. >> joanna. >> kayla. >> and? >> jessica poindexter. >> very big family here. very nice. say hello to alaska. >> hello to alaska! >> alaska again. let's show you what's happening as far as your weather's concerned. we've got that lake-effect snow to talk about. it will not let up. we're talking snow from michigan, some of it's being felt as far south as maryland. we're talking about anywhere from three to six inches of snow, maybe nine inches in some local spots, rain in the pacific northwest. that storm coming out of the west. we're looking at sunshine through the southeast again, record-breaking temp >> when it shall still an issue, although not as bad as yesterday. today a high between 32 and 35. chance of flurries again
>> that's your latest weather. for a check of the weather any time of the day or night, you can go to the weather channel on cable or weather.com online. mr. lauer? >> all right, mr. roker, thank you very much. up next, some credit card rates on the rise. the three fees everyone with a credit card needs to be on the lookout for. jean chatzky will share those with us.
back now at 7:44. this morning on "today's money," new credit card fees for the new year. expansive reform aimed at protecting consumers goes into effect in february, but with an expected cost to the industry of more than $50 billion, banks are quickly trying to pass that cost on to you. jean chatzky is "today's" financial editor and author of "money 911." jean, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> this is all about three fees that you say card holders need to be aware of. banks almost doing an end run here, basically. >> that's exactly right. they want to make up the difference. it's more than three fees, but these are the main ones. >> okay. >> first on the list, annual fees. we haven't seen annual fees on most cards in a very long time. >> banks used to wave those to attract business. >> that's exactly right, over the last 15 years, but now they're coming back and testing
fee levels. they're rolling out fees anywhere from $29 to $99. they're going to see what is most palatable to their customer base. >> you also mention inactivity fees. so if you don't use the account, you're charged for it. >> that's right. these are about $19. and essentially, they're saying, look, we have to pay to mail you your statements, we have to pay to keep records on you. it's costing us money. we're going to pass that fee along to you. >> and also, you say to cardholders, be aware of a processing fee. what is a processing fee? >> it's basically an administrative fee. banks and credit card companies are starting to charge you for sending you your statement on paper. we've seen this from the long distance companies in years past, but these are the sorts of things that are going to come in. >> and what is the rationale that the banks give for that? >> the new legislation actually forces them to give more disclosure, more information. they're saying this is costing us more paper, this is costing us more to mail it to you. we're going to pass those costs along. >> so the banks are not going to raise the red flags for you, say hey, look at what we're doing, so -- >> well, the banks are going to
tell you when you're seeing a big change, when you're seeing a big increase in an interest rate or annual fee. you're going to get something into the mail, and it's really up to us to open those documents, read them, which we haven't done in the past, because we have an opportunity, particularly when the interest rates go up, to opt out, to say, no, i don't want this interest rate increase, and you've got to hold it where it is right now. they'll close your card and you'll have five years to pay off the debt at the old rate. >> so, the language is very important. >> right, and i would very much watch out for the word protection. banks are looking to make up money that they're going to lose for allowing customers to opt out of overdraft fees and to opt out of overlimit fees. they're not going to use the word opt out. they're going to use the word protection. you see that and you want to run in the other direction. >> exactly. make it look like it's something that's really good for you. >> it's really good, but in fact, it's going to charge you $35 a time if you get hit. >> to compare cards, you like the site lowcards.com. what could people find there? >> it's a database of more than
1,000 cards and you can compare cards by the annual fee, by the grace period, by the interest rate, and figure out if you have a good deal now or if you want to change. >> i mean, nobody wants to pay additional fees, but are there instances where you probably should swallow it and do it? >> if you are looking for a mortgage or car loan or any sort of other big credit in the next 6 to 12 months, it's the wrong time to close any cards because it's going to hit your credit score, your credit rating. so go ahead, get the big loan, then deal with your credit cards. >> otherwise, if you don't le the fees, go to another bank, look elsewhere? >> yeah. try to line up the new credit before you close the old credit. >> jean chatzky, good advice. >> thank you. just ahead, the remarkable story of a boy saved by an attacking cougar by his beloved dog.
a friend of mine gets nauseous with 3d, but i hear it's a whole other experience. >> it's a lot more expensive, too. >> a lot more? >> probably about $4. >> depending on the theater. >> but the numbers are staggering. it's the fifth movie in history that has crossed the $1 billion mark. >> and it's only out, what, three weeks at this point? >> and number one all three weeks, which is interesting. that's a rarity. >> the other four -- >> all right. >> number four, "the dark knight" at $1.001 billion. "pirates of the caribbean" or caribbean, $1.06 billion. "lord of the rings: the return of the king," $1.13 billion, "titanic" $1.8 billion and what strikes you about that. >> cameron. >> james cameron, "titanic" and james cameron "avatar." >> he won't even get out of bed for less. >> with the controversy and all that took to make this movie, see -- >> a rising tide floats all books because at the weekend, the box office was phenomenal. all of the movies did well --
>> you mean it draws other people -- >> "it's complicated," because you couldn't get into "avatar." instead, we went to see "sherlock holmes," which by the way -- >> i heard was amazing. >> but you know sh the controversy about this film and all the money it's making, is because in 3d it costs more, so you need to sell less tickets to get to -- >> but the other controversy is the smoking controversy with sigourney weaver's character smokes in it, but cameron explains that by saying she doesn't care about her body -- >> i think that's the smoking anyway -- >> you go, james cameron. >> congratulations.
>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am stan stovall. time to get a check of the morning commute. here is sarah caldwell and traffic pulse 11. >> north out washington boulevard at route 175, an accident coming into was there. meantime, east down 195 and i- 95, an accident location to watch for there. and approaching the harbor tunnel " plaza, watch for debris
in the road. as far as delays, we are looking at them. this delay stretches from approaching white marsh all the way down to the hundred 95 split. -- 895 split. looking at a slow on the inner loop. 45 miles per hour on the west side, outer loop. in my view of traffic, childs street, we are looking at delays because of " the debris. it appears to be the case, moving well through the area. not so well on the northeast side of harford road. >> it is going to be variably cloudy out there. you can see a few clouds tried to infiltrate, along with flurries. still a little would've like flurry activity. -- it's a little bit of light from activity.
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8:00 now on this tuesday morning, january 5th, 2010. and you are looking live at fulton, new york, just outside of syracuse, where it has snowed for nine straight days, and it is still snowing. that is what it is like to wake up to more than four feet of snow in your front yard. that is a lot of white stuff. >> oswego, new york. >> that's right. jeff rossen's up there. you would think he would have shovelled those people out. >> at the very least. >> he's buried probably at this point. that is, of course, our
beautiful tree at rockefeller plaza. if you haven't came out to look at it, it is coming down on thursday, which is a sad thing, but all things have to go, right? so you appreciate them more. coming up, an incredible story. >> yes, we do. you tell. >> i'm a dog lover. i used to have a golden retriever, and a golden retriever came through in a big way for 11-year-old austin foreman. he came out to gather some firewood this weekend when a cougar came out of nowhere and leapt at him. his dog, angel, got right in front of it, went after the cougar. you could say saved this kid. >> wow. >> and austin and his mom are going to join us to tell us their story in just a little while, along with the constable who came to the rescue as well. >> and angel's doing okay? >> yep. >> angel is on the mend. >> okay, good. >> has had better days, but -- >> sure, sure. >> she's doing better. also ahead, what our teens do not tell us. let's face it, we know our kids keep a lot of stuff from us, but is that necessarily a bad thing? coming up, we're going to hear from teens and find out why one expert says it is okay for teens to keep some secrets.
and then a little bit later on, ten of the cities where you will find the best real estate deals in this country right now. >> a hint? >> no. >> i didn't think you would. all righty, then. let us go inside. ann's standing by at the news desk with a look at some of the headlines. ann? >> all right, thanks a lot, matt. everybody, good morning once again. president obama is to announce additional airline security measures today, including improved terror watch list. this afternoon the president meets with a top intelligence and security officials before detailing the new safeguards. meantime, international airports are slowly starting to adopt the new rules for passengers flying to the united states, including in some cases patdowns and physical luggage checks. the u.s. embassy in yemen reopened today after being closed for two days because of fears of an al qaeda attack. yemeni security forces killed two al qaeda fighters monday and believe they have neutralized the threat. still, britain and france are keeping their embassies closed today. officials confirmed that the suicide bomber who killed seven
cia employees in afghanistan last week was a trusted informant who claimed to have information about osama bin laden's second in command, ayman al zawahiri. he was being recruited as a double agent to infiltrate al qaeda. the bodies of the cia employees were returned to the united states at dover air force base on monday. an apparent motive has emerged in monday's deadly shooting at a federal building in las vegas. officials said that the gunman was upset because a judge had recently dismissed his lawsuit over social security benefits. police say that he killed a court security guard and seriously wounded a deputy u.s. marshal before he was killed. yet another winter storm is about to sweep across the eastern two-thirds of the nation and forecasters see no relief from the deep freeze this week. that's likely to make it harder for crews in upstate new york to clear away nearly four feet of snow and for drivers in omaha to dig out their abandoned cars. a high five is stirring excitement at the winter meeting of the american astronomical society. nasa revealed that its keppler
telescope on a mission to find earth-like planets has discovered five new planets in its first six weeks. two are as hot as lava and one has the density of styrofoam. keppler also found evidence that there are stars that could provide heat and stable enough to help foster life. now here's brian williams with what's coming up tonight on nbc "nightly news." hey, brian. >> hey, ann, thanks. we're looking at women's health this week, and tonight, one family's ten-year fight to end ovarian cancer and the hope for a life-saving test. it's all one mother's legacy. we'll have the story tonight on "nightly news." we'll look for you then. ann, for now, back to you. >> brian, thanks a lo. it is now 8:04. back outside to matt and meredith. hey, guys. >> hey. it's nicer today than it was yesterday. a bit more balmy. why are you laughing? >> it's cold out. >> it's cold, but -- >> it's 21 degrees. >> al, back me up here. >> you're absolutely correct. >> thank you, al. thanks very much.
>> we've got a cutie here. who's this? >> this is mick. >> a classic snowsuit. we love this. where are you from? >> we're from frankfurt, germany. >> you're from germany. wow, you have no accent. >> well, we're servicemembers stationed here. >> i get it. takes me a while. he's a cutie. thanks for bringing him down. happy new year. let's look at your weather. pick city of the day, nbc 6, wowt tv, 13 degrees, frigid. we've got another storm system coming out of the plains, lake-effect snow around the great lakes. we've been telling you about that. the frigid weather falls all the way down to florida. 33 in atlanta today, 61 in miami. rain in the pacific northwest. sunny skies from west texas on into the southwest. and again, those lake-effect snow showe >> more of the same as far as the weather goes. light flurries out there this morning. the upper teens for the wind chills.
32 to the decline is the actual temperature >> and that's your latest weather. meredith? >> al, thank you very much. lana here came all the way from california. >> hi! >> with her friends. >> hi, mom, hi, dad. >> keep going. >> hi, everybody at home, i miss you guys! love you! >> yeah, she came all the way from california and all her friends were asleep in the hotel, but she came out here. up next, the tale of a young boy saved by his beloved dog from an attacking cougar. you wanna be a hero?
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we can listen to on that computer. the stuff we watch over here, (pointing to sons laptop) we can watch over here. (pointing to tv in the room) my little idea has come to life. i know i shouldn't take all the credit, but... it's my house. hey, feet off the table. i'm a pc and windows 7 was my idea. we're back now at 8:09 with the story of an 11-year-old boy and the angel that saved his life. we'll talk to him exclusively in a moment, but first, national correspondent natalie morales has the details. >> austin says he wouldn't be here this morning if it weren't for his beloved dog angel who fended off a cougar ready to pounce. austin foreman is lucky to be alive this morning thanks to his dog, a golden retriever named angel. >> we're really lucky that he was saved by an angel, because that's exactly what it was. i mean, there's no other word
for it. >> reporter: the 18-month-old dog stopped a cougar from attacking her 11-year-old owner. >> i was really scared. like at first, i didn't know that it was a cougar. i thought it was another dog or something, but as soon as it went underneath the light, i saw that it was a cougar and i knew at that moment i had to go inside. >> reporter: the attack happened when austin went to get some firewood outside his home in boston bar, canada. >> the dog obviously knew something was up because she ran towards me just at the right time and the cougar ended up getting her instead. >> reporter: austin ran to safety while angel did her best to fight off the cougar, but the beloved family pet was no match for the wild animal. >> whining and making noises like we've never heard before, and we knew that cougar was killing our dog. >> reporter: a nearby royal canadian mounted police officer was on the scene within minutes of the attack. >> i could see that the cougar had the dog in its mouth, like around the dog's neck, so at
that point, i fired a round, direct hit. >> reporter: the officer fired two shots and killed the cougar. badly bitten, angel survived. >> the cougar had its mouth over top of the dog's mouth trying to suffocate it and bled all over the animal, and out of nowhere, the dog breathes a gasp of air, just like comes back from being dead and just goes, and spits out blood. and i'm looking at her and holding her, and i'm like, "she's going to be all right, you guys." >> she was my best friend, but she's now even greater to me, more than a best friend now. >> and angel is continuing to recuperate from her ordeal and the foremans are confident he'll recover from her injuries. >> and austin and his mother and the constable are with us this morning. >> good morning. >> angel's still not there, she's recuperating.
what's her condition? how's she doing? >> well, she's at the vet's right now. she had surgery yesterday afternoon. she was in for about an hour in surgery. extensive injuries to her head. her skull was fractured and they had to piece it together as well as numerous other wounds, but we're hopeful for a full recovery. just going to hope and pray that she comes through this okay. >> wow. she's a superdog. austin, you really sense that the dog, that angel knew something was wrong that time when you were going out for the firewood. you think that's why she was sticking so close to you? >> yeah. >> and when the cougar jumped, i mean, did it all happen in a split second? did you have any time to react at all, austin? >> no. it all just happened so fast and i was just lucky that my dog was there because it happened so fast that i wouldn't have known what hit me. >> and it had to be terrible for you, austin, because you managed to get inside, but then you're listening to these yelps and the whines from your dog and you
realize that something terrible was happening just outside that door, didn't you? >> yeah, i did. >> sherry, it was lucky -- a couple of things lucky here -- one, lucky you were so close, you were able to pick up the phone and call the police very fast, and constable gravelle, you were what, a block and a half away, something like that? >> yeah, less than that, maybe half a block. our office is just down the street and i was just sitting there finishing up some paperwork. >> and the call came in that a young boy was being attacked by a cougar, correct? >> yeah, at first i heard it was a young boy. then they gave me the address and name of the family and i knew exactly who it was and who the family was, so, i got down here as soon as i could, and that's when one of their daughters ran out on the porch and said, "hurry up, chad, the cougar's got our dog." and at that point, i was a little more relieved that austin was okay, because i know he's the only little boy in this house. >> right. >> so it was a little better
feeling knowing austin was okay. now we just had to deal with the dog. >> you get there and you fired a shot, a couple of shots, as we've talked about. were you worried about hitting the dog? >> oh, yeah, absolutely. the dog and the cougar were all kind of tangled up as one unit, and i could see on one side of the porch i could see the cougar. the cougar's like hind end type thing, and i was able to get one shot there. but when i came around front and kind of confronted the cougar and the dog, it was really dark out and i was just, you know, trying to line up my shot as best as i could, and i could just see maybe two or three inches of the cougar's head sticking out from behind angel, and luckily, i was able to get a good shot off and was unable to hit the dog. >> austin, do you have any doubt that angel saved your life that day? >> no, i don't. i do believe that there was a purpose for that and i do believe she knew something was up. >> and sherry, i know you feel that constable gravelle saved angel's life just the way angel saved austin's life. >> absolutely. without him, there's no way
angel would have survived. i know that the sounds had all stopped and it was just a matter of seconds. so, the timing was perfect and we're very, very thankful that he got here as quickly as he did and things turned out a lot better than what they could have been. >> let's get to the really important stuff. how do you reward angel when she gets home? >> austin? >> well, i had gone to town yesterday and i went into a superstore there and i bought her a nice, big, juicy steak. >> she's going to love that. >> yep. >> i hope she's able to eat it real soon. you know that old joke, where does angel sleep? well, from now on, anywhere she wants to, i would imagine. >> absolutely. >> yep. >> hey, austin, i'm glad you're okay, and we're praying for angel. we hope she's home real soon with you. >> okay. >> thank you. >> and constable, great job. sherry, nice talking to you as well. >> thank you very much. >> thanks, sir. coming up next, what your
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we're back at 8:19. and this morning on "today's family," what your teens aren't telling you. it is no secret that as our kids age, they tend to share less and less with us, but what secrets are your teens keeping? we went right to the source. >> reporter: the movies were an excuse for getting drunk and making out. >> i used to sneak out my window and go clubbing. >> i never told my mother that i was being bullied. >> reporter: tapping into the minds and secrets of teens. it's something david levithan, author of several young adult novels, knows a thing or two about. >> parents don't appreciate how public teens' lives are, and how whether they're texting or posting on facebook, they're very conscious about their
persona. >> reporter: so, we gathered a group of teens to chat with david about things they don't tell their parents. >> do you feel that things are really different than they were when your parents were teenagers? >> i'm sure my parents went through like problems in their teen years, but facebook's so public that people's feelings get hurt even more. >> so, what are the things that would really make your parents freak out? >> they would freak out if they knew how many people in high school are doing chewing tobacco, because that's the new rave for some reason. >> if my parents, like, found out everything we do, more like with our friends or like at parties, i don't think they'd be shocked, but i don't think they'd be happy. >> i think they would be surprised about like how easy access it is for their child to like participate in those kind of things, like drugs, alcohol, chewing tobacco. >> the way people dance. there's this thing, like, it's not even -- i don't even consider it dancing. they go to, are you going to a dubbing party, and you just grind on each other and eventually, you're not even like on the beat.
>> i have a friend whose mom freaks out about things and their daughter goes behind their back and does stuff, and they can't trust their mom. >> dr. ronnie cohen-sandler is a author and clinical psychologist who works closely with teens and their parents. good morning to you. >> good morning, meredith. >> we were chatting right before this. i relate to this story because my kids -- i have three teenagers -- went from sort of chatty kathys to clamming up. but you say it is entirely appropriate for teenagers to be less forthcoming with their parents. >> absolutely, but it's something parents have a hard time realizing, and i think it's expectations today. so many parents tell me they're so much cooler than their own parents who were absolutely clueless, so they're shocked and bewildered when their own teens don't open up to them. in fact, they think there's something wrong, but in reality, it's a very normal part of development. it's something kids have to go through. >> you know, i think as parents, we want to know everything about our kids and their friends, but there's a difference between wanting to know everything and needing to know everything, isn't there? >> there's a huge distinction between that. you know, our first priority as parents is making sure our teens
are safe. so, we have to know where they are, when they're coming home, how they're getting home. those are things we need to know. we don't need to know which of their friends got drunk at a party saturday night or who's having sex with whom. >> but a lot of kids are not going to tell their parents in that list that you just mentioned where they are. they might withhold that information. >> well, they might, but if you have an open relationship with your teen and you have a negotiation and you say, i need to feel that you're safe saturday night, so we need to talk about where you are, teens realize that when they can do that and when you can have a trusting relationship, they actually get more freedom than less. >> what about the parent who says, and i totally understand this as well, i want to know what your friends are doing, because that is a reflection on you as well. if yours friends are into bad stuff, i don't really want you with that group. >> well, it's interesting, because parents usually overestimate the degree of peer pressure. in fact, there's a new study that came out that showed that as well. just because your teen is hanging out with other teens who are doing "bad things" doesn't mean that your teen is. it's a very important thing to know. >> so, how do you balance that,
between being the good parent who allows kids some privacy and respects that with being the informed parent who's on top of the situation before it develops into something bad? >> well, that's very important. you have to stay atune to your teen. and when you spend time with your teen and really listen to your teen, you're in a great position to monitoring what's going on. you're seeing how they're performing in school and their extracurricular activities, and you're seeing if there are any changes in mood, attitude, behavior, eating and sleeping patterns that could be red flags for trouble. if you're not seeing any of those things, it's a way of reassuring your self that things are okay. >> you have some tips for parents who are trying to get their kids to be more forthcoming, and your number one tip is don't freak out when they tell you something. >> absolutely not. kids hate that. it really makes them clam up. you know, there's so much drama in their own lives, they really need their parents to be the voices of reason, particularly when they're having problems. >> then you also say avoid snooping. is there any time when you think it's okay? >> well, i really think it's important for parents to know that trust is a two-way street. so, i advise them to think long
and hard before snooping. only when it's a matter of health and safety and only after they've really tried other avenues of getting information, because they don't want to jeopardize that relationship. >> and when your child does open up to you, be careful, you say, how quickly you give advice and how much advice you give them. >> oh, absolutely, because if you cut off the conversation just by giving advice prematurely, then you're not giving your teen a chance to really think through the problems on their own, and also, you know what they think? they think, oh, my parents think they have to solve my problems because they don't have any confidence in me. so, it's better to say, for example, you know, i have some ideas about that, are you interested in hearing them? >> and one of the most interesting thoughts in all of this is that a lot of parents go, why aren't my kids being forthcoming, but partly it's because parents are preoccupied, not giving them their attention. >> absolutely. that's the number one complaint i hear from teens, my parents aren't listening to me. i tell parents, put away your iphone, don't look at your blackberry when your kids are talking to you. give them the full attention.
listen respectfully. >> thank you, dr. roni cohen-sandler. just ahead, we'll hit the ice with figure skater and olympic hopeful sasha cohen. >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. let's get a final check on the morning commute with traffic pulse 11 and sarah caldwell. >> still dealing with problem spots and delays around the area. if you're traveling in westbound i-70, we have two lanes closed. watch for delays in that area. also, catonsville and wrote, an accident scene. -- catonsville and river road,
an accident scene. a pretty slow go around the area. here is what your drive times are. 19 minutes of the utterly the northeast side. -- the outer loop northeast side. once again on to the j.f.x., a slow spots as well just south of the beltway all the way down into 28. at liberty, a slow go, from 795 down to edmondson. at the northeast corner, we are dealing with delays from belair road towards dulaney valley. >> the forecast is showing more flurries, some rotating through right now. still, very light, no accumulation. variably cloudy, with winds out of the northwest and critique breezy. more flurries as well possible this afternoon. 32 to 35, with a lower wind chill factor throughout. on thursday evening, we're expecting a few inches of snow
york, near oswego and syracuse. it's been snowing there for nine straight days. four feet on the ground, or around that. and as you can see, continuing to snow this morning. >> mm-hmm. >> great thing is there used to be a nestle's chocolate plant there, and you'd get up in the morning and step outside and it was like a nice hot chocolate. >> it would be nice to pour some hot chocolate -- >> or maple syrup would be nice. >> as long as the snow is white. >> thanks for going there, ann. >> exactly. do you guys realize that the olympics is only 38 days away? >> can't believe that. >> how crazy is that? you know, one of the major focuses of the winter games is going to be the figure skating. >> that's right. >> and we've got a glimpse this morning of sasha cohen. >> we'll catch up with silver medalist sasha cohen, who stepped away from competitive skating in 2006. she's now on the comeback trail. we're going to talk it her about her chances of representing team usa in vancouver. no matter how talented you are, and she is, that doesn't guarantee you a place on the
team. >> on the team. >> you've got to make the team. >> wow, look at that. speaking of making the team, are you ready to put on your tokes and -- >> tokes? >> the chef hats -- >> i never knew that word. i thought you said totes. >> martha stewart is going to put us to work, show us how to make four healthy, quick meals. >> there's another meaning of the word toke -- >> why would you go with toking in the scene. okay, this is a good opportunity to say, you know, tonight, another season of nbc's hit "the biggest loser" kicks off with the heaviest cast ever. bob harper is the trainer on that show. >> hey, bob. >> bob, happy new year. >> nice to see you. >> hey, bob, nice to see you. >> good to see you. >> good to see you, too. >> bob -- >> it's freezing here! >> it is freezing here. with the heaviest cast ever, i've got to start by asking this question, how heavy is too heavy? are you starting to get nervous? jillian gave an interview, i understand, where she says she's starting to worry about some of these contestants and their size
and the risk to them. >> i've got to tell you, they have to go through so many medical and psychological exams before they come on to the show. we get them going through every kind of test before they go on to the show. yes, they are very heavy. we have our largest contestant ever, 526 pounds, but this guy was knocking on death's door. i feel like we didn't get him a moment's too soon. >> and is that michael, here with his mom maria? >> yes. >> what can you tell us about them as a couple, those two? >> unbelievable mother and son. michael, he works so hard. imagine carrying around that much weight and having to go through what we put them through. this guy is just like, he is breaking records right now. he looks unbelievable already. >> and this season, it is all about couples, right? >> all about couples. >> 22 contestants, 11 couples. >> yes. >> you've got twin brothers, james and john. >> yes. >> weighing in at almost half a ton? >> almost, yes, it's almost 1,000 pounds for the two of them. >> wow. >> that's scary. >> i mean, it's like, you know, i'm just so thankful we work on "the biggest loser" because we get these people that are too
big and we get to, like, get them back in shape and get them healthy. >> how do they get to that size? i mean -- >> well, of course it's much more psychological than they just like donuts or pizza and that's why jillian and i like to get to the heart of the matter, get into their heads and try to help them as much as we possibly can help them. >> and talking about that, you have sam and koli from samoa, and you're suggesting -- >> they're unbelievable. >> -- their culture has something to do with it. >> exactly. they can lose weight and their family is like, you look too thin, eat, eat, eat. i'm just like, no, don't eat too much. hold on a second. >> you've got your work cut out for you. >> thank you. >> "the biggest loser" couples premieres tonight 8:00/7:00 central time -- >> it's hard to talk when it's cold. >> bob, thank you very much. >> mr. roker. >> i like bob's coat. it's kind of like out of
>> when it shall still an issue, although not as bad as yesterday. today a high between 32 and 35. chance of flurries again >> that's your latest weather. now, here's meredith! >> thank you so much, al. up next, we're going to help martha stewart cook up four healthy meals in four minutes. yeah, right. first, this is "today" on nbc.
today," we're talking about some harty meals that are healthy, too. martha stewart is here with four meals that are big in flavor, light on the calories, all straight from the pages of the january-february issue of "everyday food." martha stewart, happy holidays. happy new year. >> happy holidays, yes. >> nice to see you. >> it's great to be back. >> we're making four meals in four minutes. you can't do that. then i read the recipes and these are nice and simple. >> they are. they are as simple as can be. and, well, all of you guys look so great. you've all done your thing already before the new year. you've lost all that weight and you all look healthy, but this is to keep it off and this is to keep healthy. and start the new year off right. >> let's start with this one. this one sounds good and tastes good. >> yes. >> ground turkey and you wrap it in lettuce leaves. >> yes, and this is so simple. this is stir-fry. so, we have shallots and cloves of garlic, finally minced. fresh ginger, one small jalapeno just for that little bit of -- >> kick? >> -- kick. i just got back from thailand. a lot of good kick in that food. >> okay. >> stir that up and add one
pound of ground turkey. now, have your butcher grind the turkey so that -- >> okay. this is going to cook quickly, although with turkey, you have to make sure that it does actually cook. >> definitely. and stir-fry this all together. now, you can make the sauce for me. >> okay. >> it's soy sauce and sugar and a little bit of nompla. right in this bowl. do you know what nompla is? >> why would you -- >> that's stinky sauce. >> that's terrible smelling. >> that's great, though. that's the secret sauce that the thais love. >> we're in a rush for time -- >> wrap that into here. >> i'll do that while you move on to ann. >> and squeeze little lime. >> i will. >> now, salmon is great to eat when you're trying to stay healthy and we have parchment paper. >> yes, string beans, salt and pepper on top, a little bit of lemon zest. we have lemon peel, just zested like that, and some keepers. a few of those on top. >> looks very simple and not very much oil.
>> nope. roll that up. a little tiny bit -- >> how much? >> oh, just like that much. >> okay. wow, this is going to be very low-cal. >> yes. and actually, of all of these, this has the most calories, but it's the biggest piece of fish. >> it's 360, i read. now, how do you do this, twist like this? oh, like a party favor. >> put it on a baking sheet and bake it for 15 minutes. it will puff up, open up and this is the gorgeous thing that you have. >> do you serve it in that? >> fantastic. >> now, i have polenta with pairingus and mushrooms. what is polenta again? >> it's cornmeal. >> cornmeal. >> it's a very tasty and delicious substitute for pasta or for rice. >> you make your own, or -- >> oh, yeah. you make your own. it's just -- polenta is ground cornmeal mixed with water, salt and paper. terrific. >> now, mushrooms have been sauteing. that's the secret, these tasty, tasty mushrooms -- >> sauteing in -- >> a little bit of olive oil. this is the only big calories --
>> cream. >> now, there's no butter on this whole table, by the way. >> okay, good. >> just olive oil. >> but it says cream. >> two tablespoons only. >> which is what this is. >> stir that in. gives it a little bit of flavor. now, you have the sauce and pepper on the polenta here. the asparagus is all roasting at the same time in the same offensivenen. just a drizzle of olive oil, into a 400-degree oven -- >> for? >> for about ten minutes. look at this. >> and dump these on top. >> these go on top and that's your dish. >> 216 calories. good deal. >> now, you each have a dish to take -- >> beef rolls. fabulous. what kind of beef is this? >> this is a top round slice. you put one piece of pepper jack -- >> okay. >> and some sauteed onions and peppers. >> mm-hmm. >> a nice colorful mix of red and orange peppers. that looks pretty, don't you think? >> oh, yeah. >> yeah. then just roll that up. oh, salt and pepper. don't forget little bit of salt and pepper. the seasoning's important when you're making these -- sorry --
these very simple dishes. and notice we're not using anything too complicated, no unusual herbs, nothing that is going to be hard to find. roll that up. now, when you saute this in just a little olive oil, make sure after you're finished, take the toothpicks out. >> ah, that's right. >> don't eat the toothpicks. >> a little unwanted fiber. and then -- >> and see, in about six minutes, they are done. >> look at that. >> great. >> and here, you can take one out. that's done. put it right over here and i'll show you -- you have to remove the toothpicks. you have to find them. >> here's one. >> here's one. and then slice this up and serve this. what do you think? >> excellent, martha. >> isn't it tasty? >> although the fish taste in the turkey -- >> the nompla? you don't like -- >> i'm teasing you. it's great. >> only 246 calories. >> i know. and this one -- >> 225. >> -- is 225 per roll. >> it's delicious. >> wow, that is something. >> take a hot one. and this is all very, very good. this is all from their "everyday
food" magazine. >> and it takes about 30 minutes -- >> yeah, and your families will eat well and simply and you will be a hero. >> and we should mention, if you would like these recipes for healthy meals, you can head to todayshow.com. martha, as always, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> what is that called again? >> nompla. >> nompla. >> attractive. >> up next, meredith talks to figure skater sasha in the battle against clothing stains, spray 'n wash has always been a trusted ally.
this morning on "today's countdown to vancouver," sasha cohen. for nearly a decade, she has been one of the biggest stars of women's figure skating, winning the silver medal at the 2006 games. and she is trying hard once again, hoping to win a spot on team usa in vancouver. ♪ four, three, two, one, go, baby, go, baby, go ♪
>> reporter: this is how sasha cohen is spending her days now, training, hoping to make her third olympic team. after winning a silver medal in 2006, she stepped away from competitive skating. then last spring announced she was coming back. but she has not competed in almost four years. >> and there. right. >> you had two pretty major international competitions this season. you pulled out of both at the last minute. what happened? >> it was very frustrating. you know, i've had injuries, and that's a part of the sport, but you know, you have to be smart and take care of them when they're there and respect your body, and i know that my big goals are nationals, to make the olympic team and then go to the olympics in february. i try to see the big picture ♪ >> reporter: the olympic team will be named after this month's figure skating championships. how's it going to feel to step out on the ice and face the judges, really for the first time in four years? >> every time you go out, no matter if you've done it 50
times that year or not at all, you're nervous. everyone's like, aren't you worried about this and aren't you worried about that? and it's like, you know, there's so much to worry about, you know, there's not time. there's not space for all that worry, you know? i focus on the positive and what i want to accomplish and what i want to do. >> reporter: one edge she has over her competitors is olympic experience. in 2002 at age 17, sasha made her olympic debut with an impressive fourth-place finish. >> gorgeous. >> hi, gene, all my teachers, hi, grandma and grandpa, anyone else i forgot. >> so, like, so young, just like, la, la, my goodness. it's my first big international competition, and it was incredible. i got to sit next to the president in opening ceremonies. it's like the whole world just lights up. it's like being in times square. all of a sudden, you're just like, whoa. incredible amount of energy focused at you. >> and then four years later you're in torino.
you did a short program there. that was fantastic. >> it was just, you know, being feisty and, you know, believing and being determined and doing the best that i could. >> there's no greater burden than having potential, and boy, that burden was lifted tonight. >> reporter: as the leader entering the states, doubt crept in and her jumps cost sasha the goal. do you replay those jumps in your head now or have you moved on from that? >> no, i've let it go. i've tried to learn in life, you know, when you look back, you analyze what is helpful and then what is, you know, making yourself just feel bad and regret -- if i keep spending all my time in yesterday, you know, i won't live here and now and tomorrow. >> how have you been skating? >> i've been skating -- my goodness, i've been skating 18 years. >> 18 years. >> yeah. >> and never gotten tired of it? >> there's always been moments. i'm not going to lie. it's not been easy. you need a little break. but then something starts to
happen and you miss it. there's something about being out there in the bright lights and breathing in that cold ice rink air and that everybody watching you that makes you feel alive. >> reporter: that gave me chills, and since we were on the ice at chelsea pier -- okay, i'm ready. i'll follow you. i wanted to skate. sasha is known for her amazing spirals, so she said she'd teach me to do one. how did you get it all the way up there, though? oh, my -- >> many, many years of stretching. i recommend to take a hot bath and then try to do the splits while you watch tv or something. and extend -- >> geez, ow! geez. can you do the other leg, too? >> not as high, but i can do the other leg, too. >> oh, that's what i did on my leg. >> it's good to keep even, so it's good to stretch both sides. >> reporter: sasha said we had to leave the boards. she showed me a perfect spiral. >> oh, sure.
that's going to happen, sasha. in your dreams. then had me try one. whoa, whoa, whoa. i wasn't awful. >> there you go. there you go. you might be sore. >> i might be sore? i definitely could benefit from more stretching. ow. >> oh, that's a nice face there. >> that's a really attractive end shot. i was terrible! >> no. >> no, i was. just don't lie. let's make a pact that in 2010 -- >> she said years of stretching for her. >> -- we won't lie. was i terrible? i knew it. okay. sasha and the rest of team usa hopefuls head to spokane, washington, next week for the at&t u.s. figure skating championships. universal sports coverage begins on january 15th with extensive coverage on nbc starting the following day. of course, the opening ceremony of the winter olympics is on february 12th. we'll be back in a moment. this is
back now at 8:52 with the struggle for millions of women, to balance a career and family. mika brzezkinski, wife and mother of two and co-host of msnbc's "morning joe" offers practical advice in an honest, new memoir, "all things at once." mika, good morning. nice to see you. >> practical advice for a precautionary tale. depends on how you reader. >> although i was talking to a producer last night who read the book, found herself in a similar
situation. >> really? >> it spoke to her. who were you trying to reach here, other women? >> yeah, and you know, i've spoken to a lot of young women breaking into the business and other high-profile or other high-energy businesses, and certain pieces of advice that i would give would make their eyes pop out of their heads. i would say things like, listen, if you want to have a family, don't forget to get married, don't put that off. and they're thinking, why is she saying that? and they don't hear that anywhere. >> i think -- i don't have a lot of time to go into your background, but suffice it to say that you came from a driven background, successful parents who pushed you and your siblings to be successful and participate. were you an overachieving, a classic overachiever? >> well, in that family, i was the runt, but we were pushed to have goals and to have an identity and to have interests and to pursue them and achieve them. >> which sounds like a good thing, but it can also become a burden, and when you got into the workforce and started out in what is a high-pressure career in television, did you always have your priorities straight? >> yes, but i think the
priorities and the messages that i received as a child became too much and i took them all on all at the same time, and you can have all these things in life and you can retarget your goals, but i was scrambling to do sometimes too much, too soon, all at once. >> you wanted to please, you wanted to succeed -- >> i wanted to please everybody. >> and you wanted to be a wife and mother, and you tell a story in the book about working crazy hours, an overnight shift in television news. you were exhausted. >> yes. >> and you've got your 4-month-old daughter in your arms, and out of pure exhaustion, you fell down, what was it, three flights of stairs? >> it was a large, one long flight of stairs, and she broke her leg. >> and that would be, i would imagine, a light bulb moment for a lot of people. some people might say i'm quitting work. >> i did say that. >> and yet, you didn't. >> i didn't. my husband actually said this is not how you should quit. we should do things right, take six months, try and find a job that balances everything a
little better. >> take a step back. >> well, he actually wanted to see me at least try and do this right and not quit in that shape, in that form. >> but is that what you wanted? strange that your husband would want that. what about you, what'd you want? >> well, i didn't know what i wanted at that point because i was pretty upset about what happened and i blamed myself and i do to this day, but what we did was we tried to do things right and i did find a job that balanced a little better small children, a career, and a marriage. >> so, the message is that you can still be all things and have all things -- >> yes. >> you just can't have all things at the same time? >> well, and also -- yes, but even more, know your value. i rushed back to work because i didn't know my value, because i thought, oh, my gosh, i've got to get back, i've got to get back on the air or cbs -- >> they're not going to want mae. >> they're not going to want me anymore. well, my body was telling me something else and i didn't listen because i didn't know my value, and there is a very, very important message about sticking to it but knowing your value so you make the right decisions along the way. >> and you comment in the book about never letting a job become
a bad boyfriend. >> yes. >> i'm hoping that "morning joe" is a good boyfriend right now in five seconds. >> the "morning joe" job is a >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. friends and family gathered last night to say goodbye to maryland international guardsmen applying for afghanistan. the first wave last last night, with 300 expected to leave throughout the week. they are on an 90-day rotation to provide support for combat operations. a colonel says that this is the largest dep
>> now let's take a look at the forecast with sandra shaw. >> statewide, it is going to be colder than normal again today. just flurries in baltimore. a little bit milder than yesterday. and looks like it was a slight chance of a police even as far south as the lower eastern shore. -- there is a slight chance of flurries even as far south as the lower eastern shore. 35 on thursday, and on friday, a good chance of snow. >> we will have another update at 9:25.